The USO Fort Drum is serving record numbers of troops and families this year with nearly the entire 10th Mountain Division at home station.
With record-breaking numbers and nearly 70,000 served in the first half on 2012, the USO Fort Drum is seeking the public’s assistance to provide troops with a home away from home.
“Soldiers are embracing the programs and services USO Fort Drum has to offer by the thousands. It is wonderful to be meeting the emotional and social needs of our military community, but we could use some help meeting the snacking needs,” said Karen Clark, director of the USO Fort Drum.
The USO Fort Drum is seeking donations of snack and candy items to serve troops and families in their 8,000 square foot facility on Fort Drum.
On average, the USO sees over 250 people each day in their main Center. While in the USO, troops and families are offered connectivity through internet, computers, and video gaming, drinks and snacks, all free.
“USO Fort Drum strives to provide daily snacks in our Main Center, have treats and toiletry bags ready for the Wounded Warriors making their way back to Fort Drum, and serve refreshments at Wheeler Sack Army Airfield for each plane load of Soldiers returning home from Afghanistan. I can’t stress enough how vast our need is for packaged snacks. We do the best we can with what we get donated, but after serving 19,000 patrons in the month of June, our food pantry is almost as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard,” said Mrs. Clark.
Donations can be made by dropping off items to the USO Fort Drum, 10502 S. Riva Ridge Loop, Fort Drum, or mailed via USPS to USO Fort Drum, PO Box 454, Fort Drum, NY 13602.